Friday, September 20, 2013

Where Did L.A.’s Political Ladies Go?

Examining Why There’s a Dearth Of Elected Female Officials in Los Angeles;
There’s an ambition gap that must be tamed
by Linday Bubar

In 2012, political scientist Jennifer Lawless at American University published a study containing the only systematic, nationwide, empirical research into gender and political ambition. Through this research, we know that an “ambition gap” plays out in the following ways:
- Women are substantially less likely than men to demonstrate ambition to seek elective office
- Women are less likely than men to be recruited to run for office
- Women are less likely than men to think they are qualified to run for office
- Running for office remains a less attractive and feasible endeavor for women than for men

While it’s important to have the conversation about why we’re here, it’s even more important to do something about it. Organizations like Emerge California, the National Women’s Political Caucus, Close the Gap, California List, and others are working on addressing the underlying issues that cause fewer women to run and win.

Addressing those issues involves identifying and asking women to run, training them so they have the expertise it takes to overcome all of the unique challenges women face, connecting them to influential community leaders, political action committees, and donors so they have the support they need, and holding them accountable once they win to ensure they’re mentoring the next generation.

We can only make the progress we all want if we work together.

Lindsay Bubar is currently working with Emerge California, serves as the vice president of political action of the National Women’s Political Caucus, LA Westside and as a Los Angeles advisory board member of Running Start. Lindsay also served as the political director for the Wendy Greuel for Mayor campaign, working to elect what would have been the first female mayor in Los Angeles’ 232 year history.

Claudia Vizcarra for School Board -- Candidate Volunteer Opportunities

Sunday, September 22, 11 am the candidate will be meeting at Syd Kronenthal Park, for Bagels and Pan Dulce and then walking in East Culver City.  The address of the park is 6459 McManus St. CC 90232
Saturday, September 28, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, September 29, 12 pm - 5 pm, the candidate will be phone banking to reach VBM voters, just prior to receiving their ballots.  The address for this event:  Woolner Mailing, 5280 W. Washington Blvd. LA 90016.
Sunday, Oct. 5, the candidate will be meetin for bagels and pan dulce, Park TBA. Email to below for more details.


Kathy Paspalis: this Sunday: Sept. 22 -- Meet & Greet

September 22nd Meet & Greet 
3:30pm - Meet and Greet at the home of Laura Chardiet 
4128 Mildred Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066 
Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

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